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This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, January 4, 2016 11:40 AM

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Participating in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. One in four Canadian adults is considered to be obese and the impact of physical inactivity is estimated to cause 2 million deaths per year worldwide.

Adding 30-60 minutes of physical activity to your daily routine is easier than you think and will help to lower the risk of:

  • Premature death 
  • Heart disease 
  • Stroke 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Certain types of cancer 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Overweight and obesity

Physical activity will also lead to improved:

  • Fitness
  • Strength
  • Mental health


For adults who are not active, adding any amount of physical activity can provide some health benefits. For these adults, it is appropriate to start with smaller amounts of physical activity and gradually increase the duration, frequency and intensity as a stepping stone to meeting the guidelines.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (adults aged 18-64)

150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

Beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening 2 days per week.
(Download PDF CSEP guidelines)
English www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP_PAGuidelines_adults_en.pdf
French www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP_PAGuidelines_adults_fr.pdf


Worth a Visit:

Public Health Agency of Canada  http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/index-eng.php

Physical Activity Quiz  http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/app/pag-gap/facebook/beactive/

ParticipACTION Canada  http://www.participaction.com

Physical Activity Counselling Toolkit - Alberta Centre for Active Living (available in French, Punjabi, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean for those clients who may have limited knowledge of English. In addition, one set is tailored for Northern populations, in partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories

https://www.centre4activeliving.ca/our-work/physical-activity-counselling-toolkit/